Welcome to Chatham University!
GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION
We are very excited to welcome you to Chatham and the great experiences that await you as a graduate student or continuing and professional studies student! Soon you will be hearing from your program director about an Orientation that is program specific to you, but we also want to invite you to the Graduate Student Welcome:
The Graduate Student Welcome is a chance for you to learn about offices here to support you, meet other graduate students, get your student ID, and much more! The event will start with a resource fair to help you build connections and follow with a social where you will be introduced to the Graduate Student Assembly, Alumni Affairs, and staff resources.
STUDENT IDs – Don't wait until the Graduate Student Welcome!
The Office of Student Affairs, located in Woodland Hall (next to the IT Help Desk) is open during the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays. You can stop by anytime to grab your ID before the term starts! We highly encourage you to come early to avoid the lines at the start of the year!
Student IDs will be available on Sunday, August 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the Graduate Student Welcome. Stop over before or after the Welcome to get your ID before classes start!
Please note: Activation for Port Authority transportation access via your Chatham ID takes a couple days. Please plan accordingly.
Top 10 suggestions for new graduate students:
1. Check the Graduate Student Experience website:
Visit The Graduate Student Experience to learn about activities and resources at Chatham University.
2. Get to know: Your program directors and PROGRAM faculty. They can offer help and advice and will be a critical component to your success at Chatham. Your College Dean and The Dean of Students WILL help Too. If you are confused or need help… ASK for it!
3. Live on campus and enjoy the ease of walking to classes or the shuttle and live amongst other Chatham graduate students. It’s the most fun and convenient place to live in the city!
4. Do not get overwhelmed by Chatham emails but instead check your Chatham email account daily. Your Chatham email is your link to the Chatham community. Faculty and staff will send updates frequently, so make sure you check your email daily!
5. Review the Graduate News Update weekly email
This email includes activities and resources just for you!
6.Visit the Jennie King Mellon Library and become familiar with it now! The library offers great resources and is a quiet place to study (which we know is critical for you)!
7.Review the Student Activities calendar at the beginning of each semester and attend campus events! All events are planned with grad students in mind, especially the monthly Grad Student Social gatherings planned by GSA, Mug Club, and much more.
8.Gather your friends and compete in intramurals. Every semester we host 4-5 different intramural competitions. This is a great way to release stress and get involved on campus.
9. Visit Café Rachel & Pub with your new classmates! It’s the best spot to hit up between or after classes.
10.Become familiar with my.Chatham. my.chatham.edu is your personal page for everything Chatham: The menu at the dining hall, events happening on campus, and much more!
We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus! More information detailing the events of Graduate Student Orientation will be available closer to matriculation. Keep a lookout for information from your Academic Program Director for information regarding your specific program orientation.